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Summer is Coming!

Summer is Coming!

Summer is on its way, and that means that so is Santa Clarita Public Library’s Summer Reading! If you haven’t experienced Summer Reading before, it’s a massive two months of programs, reading, missions and prizes. Each year has a special theme, and this year’s theme is Build a Better World; bettering yourself, bettering your community, and bettering your environment. By completing missions, logging books (try reading five books, to complete the California Read 5 Challenge!) , and attending programs throughout the summer you can earn great prizes including free books!

While Summer Reading doesn’t start until June 12th, you can already visit our Summer Reading page to get acclimated with how it works, take a look at registration, and look at the sidebar to see the vast variety of teen programs we have coming up!

Teen Tech Week – Be The Source of Change

Teen Tech Week – Be The Source of Change


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It’s Teen Tech Week, your opportunity to explore the world of technology and take a look at the great online resources we have through the library that can give you an edge and make positive changes in your life. This week we have an engineering challenge as part of Old Town Newhall’s DIY Designs, also tied in with our One Story One City presentation which you can find more information about here. On Thursday, we also have Teen Tech Talks at Valencia, where we’ll be discussing and going through some basics of web design, HTML, and CSS through an online program that lets you edit your website and see the results in real time!

Also, don’t forget that our library tech resources provide great opportunities to get the leg up on whatever you may be working on. JobNow provides everything from resume templates and help (they’ll even let you upload your resume and then get back to you with edits and adjustments to make it the best that it can be), and it will also let you search for job openings. HelpNow will let you get help with any homework you may need, even connecting with a real person that will take you through the specific problem that you’re working on step-by-step. Take a look at our online resources here to see all the technology we have to be your source of change.

  • Newhall DIY Designs – 3/8 3:30-5:30
  • Valencia Teen Tech Talks – 3/9 3:30-5:00

Image courtesy of YALSA.

Inauguration Days

Inauguration Days

 

Inauguration Day is fast approaching; every four years on January 20th at noon the individual elected to be the president of the United States takes their oath and is officially sworn into office. This, like many other aspects of the U.S. election system is full of traditions that at this point have spanned decades. Where did these traditions come from? Have they always been in place since the beginning of our presidential system, or did they develop over time?

 

Did you know:

  • William Henry Harrison had the longest inaugural speech of any president, but the shortest term.
  • Theodore Roosevelt was the only president not to be sworn in with the bible.
  • Dwight Eisenhower, in 1953, was the beginning of the January 20th inauguration trend.
  • The inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson was the first to take place on an airplane, and the first oath of office administered by a woman.

 


Interested in finding out more quirky presidential facts? Check out the Library of Congress’ Resource Guide here!

The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

On January 16, 2017 we commemorate the birthday, and the life, of Martin Luther King Jr.. He was a major figure out the Civil Rights movement, perhaps the largest figure. Many of his quotes have become instantly recognizable and inspired countless kids. His dream became their dream, and it opened up possibilities that previously seemed impossible simply due the color of their skin. While Martin Luther King Jr. may be gone, his legacy lives on as a major defining part of American history.

Our libraries will be closed on Monday, January 16th to commemorate his birthday, but take this opportunity to swing by your library and pick up some books to delve into the history of this important movement.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

2016 Best of…

2016 Best of…

2016 may be over (finally!) but some of the best fiction and non-fiction titles published last year aren’t going anywhere. Explore the highlights of 2016 by coming in to your local branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library and pick up one (or more!) of these titles today.

Three Dark Crowns is a new fantasy novel by Kendare Blake, an author already well known for Anna Dressed in Blood and the Antigoddess series. Three Dark Crowns revolves around three triplet princesses; the problem is that only one of them is destined to be queen. Each born with their own unique powers, Mirabelle, Katherine, and Arsinoe are destined for their inevitable conflict. Dark forces work in the background to sway the results but regardless only one princess is destined to survive and ascend as ruler of Fennbirn.

My Sister Rosa is a novel that at first seems to be a simple example of realistic fiction, about a boy, Che (originally from Australia), whose family is constantly moving from city to city due to his parents’ ever-changing business ventures. It highlights his difficulty with constantly moving, making friends, and being shifted into new environments. My Sister Rosa does an excellent job in making this story compelling on its own, but there’s something darker that will keep the reader wondering throughout.

Che’s sister, a precocious ten-year-old whom his parents dote on and everyone seems to adore has all of the signs of a psychopath. Charisma, callousness, disregard for others person of well-being, all the signs are there but Che is the only one who seems to notice them, and is the only one who can keep her in line. The question of what Rosa is up, what she’s thinking, and what she’ll do next is a constant drive to keep reading, making My Sister Rosa hard to put down.

 

Dylan is the unfortunate victim of stereotypes. He’s intelligent, remarkably so, but he’s also big, and a football player, so while he dreams of being a Rhodes Scholar others assume that he’s just another unintelligent jock. His only saving grace is his close friendship with JP, a connection that saves him from most of the ridicule he would be receiving as he feels out of place and awkward as he grows to tower over his classmates. He ends up in a therapy group after falling off a roof and breaking his leg, where he meets Jamie, witty, confident, and smart. He quickly develops feelings for her, not realizing that he missed the fact that she was a trans teen. With some themes and connections to the original Beauty and the Beast, with Dylan not treating Jamie well after this realization and the two slowly battling with conflicting feelings as the characters transform throughout.

This final piece of the March series by congressman John Lewis, who himself a major participant of the civil rights movement, outlines the path of the civil rights movement from the 16th street Baptist Church bombing all the way to the Selma to Montgomery march. This graphic novel, with excellent art provided by Nate Powell, is part historical look back on the civil rights novel and part memoir of the author who recounts his own vicious beating during the march. This, along with the previous two volumes are a comprehensive and moving look at the movement and march that reshaped our nation only fifty years ago and the struggle to remain non-violent while being surrounded by threats of violence from all sides.


If you’re interested in more, take a look at the Yalsa 2016 Best Fiction of Young Adults and Kirkus’ Top Young Adult Fiction for 2016 by genre. Looking forward to more excellent titles coming in the new year!

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

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We’ve almost made it through what I’m sure many would agree has been a very strange year. As we approach the end of this year, it’s time to give thanks for what, and who, we have in our lives. It can be a friend who you’ve grown closer to this year, a friend who you can tell anything; it can be a beloved family member, possibly even a new one; it could be an object, or an opportunity, or an event that made 2016 unforgettable.

As many of you are likely traveling due to the holiday season, be sure to travel safely and have a great time with your family, food, and a little rest and relaxation to recuperate from what’s been a busy and eventful year.